Wenger warns players of threat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he has told his side to treat Leeds with respect in the FA Cup on Monday, as The Championship outfit almost knocked The Gunners out of the tournament last season.

A last-minute Cesc Fabregas penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for the North London team at the same stage last term, and the French coach is looking to avoid the mistakes of 12 months ago.

“We have the experience of last year when we couldn’t beat them at home, so let’s hope we can do it this year,” he told The Daily Mail.

“We just lost a game in the league [at Fulham] which gave us a lot of regrets, so we want to respond quickly with a win. We have a good opportunity because we play at home.

“I will play a strong side, a normal side. Maybe one or two will be rested, but apart from that I think we will still have Marouane Chamakh, although Robin van Persie will certainly be rested.

“Our target is to win the next game and the next game is the FA Cup. For the championship I don’t know more than you.

“We are fighting very hard to get in the top four, if we can we can do better. We have just come out of the Christmas period with seven points, but it is not good enough to fight for the championship because we should have made 12.

“That is why we cannot get involved in any considerations in the championship at the moment. I feel we have to win our own games and not speak too much,” he concluded.

Thierry Henry also looks set to potentially make his debut second time round for The Gunners in the clash with Simon Grayson’s men.

By Gareth McKnight